Los Angeles Kings: Could Marco Sturm Be Our Savior?

It's so tough being a fan of a hockey team that is so much better than its record indicates.  After a 3-2 overtime win against the high flying Detroit Red Wings, the Los Angeles Kings have compiled a record of 15-10-0. 

In the tight Western Conference standings, the Kings managed to jump all the way up to fourth with 30 points through 25 games.  At that pace, the Kings would compile 98 points this season.  Considering the immense success last season and the great pressure on the team this season, 98 points just isn't good enough. 

With names like Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar not playing up to expectations (Doughty more than Kopitar), it's not a big surprise that the team isn't where the fans want it to be. 

Many fans, myself included, are calling on Dean Lombardi to make some sort of move to address the team's incredible lack of scoring prowess. 

A couple of days ago, it looked as though Lombardi had answered our prayers by acquiring Marco Sturm for a conditional fifth-round draft pick.  Now I'm not a National Hockey League general manager, but I do think that giving up a fifth-round draft pick for a guy who can score you 20 goals is a good deal. 

Sturm reportedly waived his no-trade clause to come to Los Angeles before the deal was called off.  There has been lots of speculation as to why the deal was cancelled with most people coming to the consensus that Sturm's lingering injury has something to do with it.

Before we venture deeper into what could have been, we must fully understand what is going on with the Boston Bruins. 

To start the season, both Marco Sturm and Marc Savard were injured for the Bruins.  These injuries brought Bruins' management a little bit of time to play around with the salary cap.  In the mainstream media, much has been made about the cap woes plaguing Peter Chiarelli. 


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